Kick-off: 1500, 27/04/2019
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton vs Bournemouth
Southampton seem to be easing towards Premier League safety and may settle for picking up another valuable point when hosting south-coast rivals Bournemouth.
The Saints have not lost any of their last five encounters with the Cherries, although three of those meetings did end in stalemate, including a goalless draw at Vitality Stadium in October.
We reckon 5/2 for these sides to share the spoils again here is good value for our initial Southampton vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton bounced back from a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Newcastle to draw 1-1 at Watford on Tuesday night, in a game of two halves.
Shane Long put Saints ahead after only 7.69 seconds to stun the Vicarage Road crowd, but Andre Gray netted a last-minute leveller.
Ralph Hasenhuttl remained upbeat, stating: “We missed chances in the first half and were unlucky when we hit the post twice.
“In the second half, the pressure was massive in the last 10 minutes.
“It was a pity they got the equaliser but, for us, it’s more positive than negative, because a point here is not easy.”
He added: “We have 37 points and until we have 40, we do not speak about being safe.
“But now we have a home game against Bournemouth and if you’d told me that we’d have a chance to secure safety in that game when I took over, I’d have taken that.”
Looking at the Southampton vs Bournemouth odds, this should be a tight tussle, so 17/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time is another solid option.
Last Southampton line-up: Gunn, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long.
Southampton will check on defender Ryan Bertrand (ankle) and midfielder Stuart Armstrong (hamstring), but Jannik Vestergaard (groin) remains unavailable.
Full-back Matt Targett has resumed full training following muscular fatigue, so could return to the squad, but forward Michael Obafemi (hamstring) continues his rehabilitation.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth went from the sublime to the ridiculous when following up a 5-0 victory at Brighton by losing 1-0 to already-relegated Fulham on home turf.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe, who was taking charge of his 500th game in management, was at a loss to explain how his side lost their goal-scoring touch.
He said: “We started the first half really, really well, but the fact we didn’t score after being so clinical last weekend is a difficult one to work out.”
Bournemouth were unsettled when right-back Adam Smith suffered an injury in the warm-up and then replacement Junior Stanislas limped off after 23 minutes.
“We’re then left with four centre-halves across our backline, so that was a difficult one for us to overcome,” added Howe. “We never fully got our rhythm back in the match.”
The Cherries will be hoping things go more to plan here and 25/4 for a 1-1 draw completes our Southampton vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Boruc, Cook, Ake, Mepham, Gosling, Lerma, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Wilson, King.
Bournemouth will be short of options at right-back, with Stanislas and Adam Smith both ruled out through injury.
Clyne continues to be hampered by a hamstring problem, while fellow full-backs Diego Rico (ankle) and Charlie Daniels (knee) and midfielder Andrew Surman (calf) remain out.
Watford 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON – Shane Long
BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 Fulham
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton, Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton
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